Thomas Edison Vs. George Westinghouse in Trailer For THE CURRENT WAR with Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon
These days I think a lot of people take electricity for granted. Most people don't really think about the people behind it, the hard work that went into making it work, and the battle that took place between two powerhouses to control it.
Today we have the first trailer for a new film called The Current War that tells the true story behind the electricity battle that took place between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. For those of you who don't know, Edison’s company wanted to use direct current while Westinghouse thought alternating current was the way to go. This is a story that has fascinated me for some time and I love that we are getting a movie that tells it!
The Current War stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of inventor Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon took on the role of the entrepreneur and engineer George Westinghouse. The movie also stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Nikola Tesla, as well as Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming). Here's the synopsis:
In 2017, it’s nearly impossible to imagine a world without electric light. Yet the technology that illuminates our homes and projects images onto our screens dates back only the length of two lifetimes. The Current War, featuring brilliant performances from Oscar nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, brings to life the innovations and rivalries that would switch on the world.
Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) knew he was a genius — and he made sure everyone else knew it, too. In 1879, he and his team conducted the first successful light bulb tests, declaring an end to night as people knew it. But the broad distribution of electricity posed a daunting challenge. Edison was convinced that direct current was the superior system, but entrepreneur George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), Edison’s less flamboyant competitor, had a different idea.
The movie was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and I like the style of the movie. It doesn't have the kind of feel that you might expect from a period piece taking place in 1897. It's a very stylish looking movie and you'll see that it has some really cool and mesmerizing shots. I love the look and I'm excited about watching the movie, which will be released on November 24, 2017